Perhaps Michael Williams subconsciously wanted to go to ClubFed. He sure did just about everything he could to make sure he did. Let’s run down the list of things he did.
First, have a business that makes money and not file tax returns. Check.
Next, set up trusts that don’t file tax returns. Check.
Let’s add some bank fraud. How about creating phony US government checks and trying to deposit those. Not only is that bank fraud, but it’s probably some other felonies. Check.
And then let’s target the state officials and judges who are involved in state investigations. Let’s refer them to the IRS. That will get them. (No, it didn’t.) The IRS won’t care about that. Check.
(Here, I should point out that this likely got a separate agency involved: TIGTA, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. TIGTA is the internal affairs department of the IRS, and phony criminal referrals would likely get referred to TIGTA rather than IRS criminal investigation.)
Mr. Williams, a resident of Colorado, was indicted in 2012. He was found guilty on November 5, 2013 after a six-day trial. It took the jury just three hours to find him guilty of tax evasion, currency structuring, bank fraud, and interfering with internal revenue laws.
US District Court Judge Linda Arguello called Mr. Williams “a danger to the community…[He] is continuing to show his contempt for the government and he appears to believe he is exempt from the laws of the United States.” He received 71 months at ClubFed to think things over.